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Biology at City of Norwich School

Course description

Unit 1: AS Cells, Exchange and Transport

This unit develops the themes that are common to all living things: the generation of new cells; repair and reproduction. In essence, the fundamentals of life. Transport systems in plants and animals are compared and contrasted.

Unit 2: AS Molecules, Biodiversity and Food and Health

Every living organism on the planet is built from the same biochemical components, namely carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. This unit deals with structures, properties and functions of these and other molecules. Students will aslo investigate the causes of disease and the responses of the immune system. The broad biodiversity of life is explored and field work skills developed.

Unit 3: AS Practical skills in Biology 1

This unit will assess practical and investigative skills developed within contexts encountered during AS Biology. The tasks will be chosen from a selection provided by OCR, carried out under controlled conditions and marked internally.

Unit 4: A2 Communication, Homeostasis and Energy

Communication between cells, tissues and organs is key to the maintenaance of the internal environment of organisms. The mechansims of homeostasis are covered in this unit together with biochemical pathways of photosynthesis and respiration.

Unit 5: A2 Control, Genomes and Environment

Are we nature or nuture? This unit spans subjects from evolution and natural selection to the interactions between genes and environment. The complexities of genetics and biotechnology are investigated and the importance of biodiversity and conservation explored through field work

Unit 6: A2 Practical skills in Biology 2

This unit again builds upon the practical and investigative skills developed throughout the A level course. Tasks, provided by OCR, are focussed on topics covered at A2 Where can Biology lead you?

A level Biology opens the doors to a diverse range of higher degree courses such as Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell biology, Medicine, Nursing, Environmental Science, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Radiography. Biology can also be taken as a joint degree with subjects like Psychology and Education. If higher education is not for you thenA level Biology provides a stepping stone to vocation training, for example, hospital laboratory technician, dental nurse and pharmacy dispenser.

Entry requirements

A minimum requirement of 3 x A*-B and 3 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 4 A’ levels. A minimum requirement of 5 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 3 A’ levels with directed time. A minimum requirement of a B grade in English Language or Mathematics GCSE for students who wish to study English Literature and Further Mathematics respectively. Other Level 2 qualifications are not accepted as GCSE equivalences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Norwich School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years